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Published: Fri, August 04, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Boeing 787 Test Flight Sketches an Airplane Across US Skies

Boeing 787 Test Flight Sketches an Airplane Across US Skies

Boeing took to the sky for a bit of aerial fun recently, using a plane on a long-haul 18 hour flight to draw a giant line art version of the maker's 787-8 aircraft. Rolls-Royce developed that engine for 787 planes that have underwent previous tests.

People who were tracking the path on websites like FlightRadar24 and FlightAware saw the outline of the plane take shape. The right wing stretched through Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Final assembly of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for Qantas is about to begin after the aircraft's major components arrived at Boeing's Everett facility last week. And the nose of the plane points to Washington state, home to Boeing's commercial airplane division.

In February, Boeing's test team spelled out "MAX" across Washington and Montana while testing a 737 MAX for an eight-hour flight. The tail touches Huntsville, Alabama.

The jet flew over Oklahoma twice, once while tracing the trailing edge of the left wing and again for the left side of the rear fuselage.

The test flight concluded at noon Chicago time.

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